BlackOut Design celebrates relocation

BlackOut Design Grand Opening 4.25.16

Guests mingle and enjoy live music by the Coal Town Rounders at BlackOut Design’s grand opening on April 25.

BlackOut Design recently celebrated the relocation of its headquarters with an open house during which more than 100 of the firm’s clients and friends came  together to tour the 1,800 square foot facility located at 527 South Blakely Street, Dunmore. Jack Reager is president of BlackOut.

Spread across three stories, the office space was gutted and renovated to provide efficient, modern work space designed to accelerate decision making and improve communication. While these kinds of offices are the norm for large marketing agencies in metropolitan areas, they are rare in smaller markets like here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

As part of its commitment to supporting the community, BlackOut Design sourced local talent for both the design and construction of the new space as well as for the grand opening. “From carpenters and painters to musicians and caterers, everyone who helped us through this process has been amazing,” said Reager.

Recently there have been dozens of studies linking the success or failure of personal interactions, performance, and innovation in the workplace to physical space. By combining emerging data with organizational metrics such as total sales or number of new product launches, scientists can demonstrate a workspace’s effect on the bottom line. For businesses like BlackOut, this means no cubicles, beige walls and florescent lighting. Instead, highly networked, shared, multipurpose spaces are the offices of not only the future, but of today.

The new headquarters houses separate areas for both design and development work as well as for strategic planning and business development activities. Each of these designated areas looks and feels differently through the use of varying pieces of furniture (swivel chairs and standing desks versus café tables and benches) but also through the incorporation of different colors, textures and lighting. A client sitting area feels less like a doctor’s waiting room and more like the foyer of a home. And the second floor holds a convertible conference room, designed to ensure when we get around a table with our clients, it feels like home.

“We came to BlackOut with a website that needed to be completely rebuilt from the ground up. Their team’s expertise, innovation, hard work, and patience resulted in modern site that is client-focused and highlights our full-service solutions. We know it wasn’t easy, but they came through in a big way, ” said Borton Lawson Engineering Marketing Manager, Lucy Boardwine.

BlackOut Design is a full service marketing agency with deep experience integrating online marketing with traditional concepts. The agency develops campaigns that span multiple media, all from under one roof.

 

Leadership Lackawanna accepting applications

Leadership Lackawanna is now accepting applications for the Core Program Class of 2017. The deadline to apply is April 29.

In the 10-month Core Program participants gain leadership, interpersonal and managerial skills, as well as an enhanced understanding of the issues relevant to the Greater Scranton area, through monthly sessions.  Areas of focus include community development, economic development, government, health care, law, education, quality of life, sustainability, history and media, with sessions featuring widely recognized specialists.  Members of the class also devote a large portion of their time to develop and implement community projects, hence enhancing their leadership abilities, fostering teamwork, and benefiting local nonprofit organizations.

Leadership Lackawanna’s Core Program accepts applications from candidates who live or work in Lackawanna County. The cost is $1,350, with partial scholarships available on a limited basis.  Optional graduate credit programs are available to Leadership Lackawanna participants in cooperation with Marywood University and Keystone College.  Applications are available online at leadershiplackawanna.com or by contacting Leadership Lackawanna Director, Nicole Morristell at (570) 342-7711.

 

SBA Fee Waiver Aids Growth Of Harvest Catering & Events

Harvest Catering SBA Fee Waiver Pix (2)Representatives from Harvest Catering & Events accepted a $6,187.50 Lackawanna County Small Business Administration fee waiver check from the commissioners that was used to start a new catering business in Dunmore.

The total SBA loan amount for this project, which created 13 jobs, was $275,000.  All of the fee waiver loan resources have to be used in Lackawanna County.  

Pictured from left to right are: Jack Ferrett of  Fidelity Deposit & Discount Bank; Commissioner Patrick M. O’Malley; Sarah and Michael Bodner, Harvest owners; Commissioners Jim Wansacz and Edward G. Staback; and George Kelly, the county’s economic development director.